MANGANO HONORS LOCAL PERFOMERS WITH AUTISM AND DIFFERENT ABILITIES

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by critically acclaimed singer, actor and director Robert Davi as he imparted his professional experience to a group of very talented performers with different abilities and autism. The event took place at the Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (F.R.E.E.) in Old Bethpage and featured a performance by the F.R.E.E. Players Jazz Ensemble. The F.R.E.E. Players have won national awards for their music and even performed at Carnage Hall. F.R.E.E. and the F.R.E.E. Players were honored by County Executive Mangano for their many achievements.
“The talented members of F.R.E.E. Players continue to break barriers and strive for greatness,” said County Executive Mangano. “They are an inspiration to us not just here in Nassau County but nationally. I commend the F.R.E.E. family for helping so many wonderful individuals realize their true potential through the many services and programs they provide.”
Robert Davi is a critically acclaimed actor and singer who has been featured in hundreds of movies including Die Hard, Son of the Pink Panther, The Goonies, Show Girls and the James Bond Classic License to Kill. He has worked with the biggest names in Hollywood – Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis and Roberto Benigni, among others. Davi spoke to the F.R.E.E. Players about his personal experiences and provided words of encouragement for the performers.
The F.R.E.E. Players Program was developed back in 1993 and involved a number of F.R.E.E. employees that volunteered their time to support individuals that loved to sing, dance and act. F.R.E.E.’s programs continue to help foster independence, productivity and individual development. The F.R.E.E. Drumline has performed not only locally but nationally. They have made history as the first Special Needs Drum Corp to perform at many events such as the Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida, the Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio for Winter Garden International, which is an International Drum Corp Competition and Newsday’s Marching Band Festival. Just recently they were the first Special Needs Drum Corp to perform at the Columbus Day Parade in New York City.

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